Alpacka Scout weigh-in

The Scout arrived today. As expected Alpacka fulfilled my color request well (I don’t like yellow, and black on the tubes behaves poorly on hot days).

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My intention with the Scout is to see how well is stands up to technical water, or to put it another way, when smaller forward tubes and no deck become a prohibitive disadvantage. The small Scout will be an easy choice in summer with a smaller pack, and obviously unsuitable for hauling a bike or cold whitewater. It will be interesting to enumerate where the transition point between the two lies.

The Scout as pictured, with cap and a 2mm cord tether for it, is 3 pounds 10 ounces. Disappointingly over spec, but the tiny packed size is impossible to quarrel with.

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The lesser size and weight will appeal to everyone, and if the Scout proves worthy enough, the price point will get a lot of folks off the fence and on the water.  I will report back.

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9 thoughts on “Alpacka Scout weigh-in

  1. I don’t know if photos from the weekend are out there but I ran a big chunk of the Yellowstone over several days in a Scout – my legs dangling out the front, my pack resting ‘tween my legs and the whole boat full of water from floor to top of the tubes everytime I hit whitewater. It was great fun.

  2. Completely superfluous questions: why don’t you like yellow, and is that orange available in single-color boats (it’s not listed as an option)?

  3. I really want to try packrafting but the cost is pretty prohibitive by the time you add a dry suit, paddles ect. I think there are packraft rentals available here in Salt Lake City. May have to rent one and give it a try. Maybe I can talk someone into giving me some lessons since I don’t know much about rafting.

    • If you have any kind of moving water boating background packrafting is dead easy to pick up. The rentals aren’t cheap, but if you find someone to take you on a cool beginner’s trip that would go a long ways towards establishing whether you’ll want to spend more money on it.

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